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Anyone looking for a fast and easy way to build a great web site can use iWeb to bring together and post photos and videos that were created using other iLife '09 applications. Instructor Garrick Chow demonstrates the basic functions and the new features of this application in iWeb '09 Essential Training. Garrick shows how to create and publish everything from basic web pages containing text and images to more involved pages with video. He also demonstrates how to create blogs and podcast pages. Exercise file accompany the course.
I realize that if you are watching these videos, you might be completely new to the world of web publishing. So, in this video, I just want to take some time to briefly go over the basic concepts of publishing a website and I also want to discuss setting up a MobileMe account. Basically, when you create a website on your computer, be it in iWeb or any other web design program, the website is only on your computer and it is not accessible to others until you publish it to the World Wide Web. When you publish your site, you are essentially copying the files you have made on your Mac to another computer called a server and the server is connected to the internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This server has an address called a URL or Uniform Resource Locater, not that you really need to know what URL stands for, but it is with this URL that people can find your website.
Now, if you make any changes to your website, that doesn't immediately affect what visitors to your site see on their computers because they are still seeing the version of your site that is on the server. You have to republish those pages to the servers so that people will be able to see the most recent version and that's basically it in a nutshell. You create your web pages on your Mac, you copy them to a server, you make changes to the pages on your Mac and you copy the new versions to the server. But how do you can access to this server thing? Where does it come from? Well, your server is supplied to you by a web hosting provider. This is the company that you usually pay money to and in exchange, they will give you server space and a username and password to access your allotted portion of their server.
Now, there are thousands of reliable of web hosting providers out there and iWeb '09 does make it easy to publish your site to adjust about any hosting provider servers but if you are going to be primarily using iWeb to create and publish your web pages, your best choice is to go with Apple's MobileMe hosting service. If you host your site on another service, you will find some iWeb features like password protection, blog and photo comments and the hit counter won't work. Now, if you can live without these features, you can host your site on just about any server out there. But if you want the full range of iWeb's tools available for your use, you should get a MobileMe account. MobileMe is Apple's online subscription service that provides online tools like web space hosting, email accounts, online storage, data syncing and lots more. The cost of MobileMe is $100 a year, so it will be up to you to determine whether or what MobileMe offers is worth its price to you.
Fortunately, you can sign up for a 60-day free trial that let's you create a fully working MobileMe account. With the trial account, your online storage space will me limited to only 10 gigabytes but that should be plenty of space for you to see if you like how the service works. Bear in mind that MobileMe is not just web hosting; it provides you with all sorts of other tools too like your own MobileMe email address, a system for backing up your Mac and much more. So, now I'm going to show you how to sign up for MobileMe. To sign up for a trial account, just go to mobileme.com or apple.com/mobileme and click Free Trial.
And you just have to fill out two pages of information here. First thing is type in your desired member name and you want to hope you will get a name that nobody else has already chosen. I'll just use garrickchowiweb09 and come up with a password. Retype it to make sure you have typed it correctly the first time and then enter some personal information, your First Name, your Last Name, Current Email Address and then you can enter some security information like your birth date. Mine is November 17th in case if anybody wants to know and then come up with your own secret question that you only know the answer to just in case you ever forget your password and need to confirm that you are you.
Under Contact Preferences, you can decide whether you want to receive emails about MobileMe and Apple, I'm just going to uncheck that and click Continue. You do have to enter your credit card information and this is partially to prevent people from just creating as many free trial accounts as they want to. So, I'm going to choose my Card Type, Card Number and do note that it says here, after your 60-day free trial, you will be charged the annual subscription fee of $99 plus applicable taxes and to avoid these charges, you can cancel your membership at any time during the trial period.
Let's just take a look at Mac Setup so you can see what we find in here. To use your account with iWeb, the important thing here is what you find under Sign in to MobileMe on your Mac. It's telling you here to open up System Preferences, choose MobileMe and sign in with your MobileMe username and password. So, let's go ahead and do that. Open up my System Preferences, go to MobileMe and in here enter the member name and password you have just created and sign in. I see my account status.
I'm a Free Trial account. I can see how much mail storage and iDisk storage space I have. Now, this is an important step if you want to be able to host your site on MobileMe. iWeb will access this information in your MobileMe System Preferences in order to access your iDisk storage space. Okay, so now I have a trial MobileMe account setup, which means I now have server space ready to host my iWeb pages. Again, you don't absolutely need to have a MobileMe account to publish iWeb pages but it is so much easier if you do. So, I highly suggest at least signing up for the 60-day free trial so you can run MobileMe and iWeb through their paces and see if it's the right combination for you. Okay, now that that's taken care of, next we'll take a look at the basics of creating a new website in iWeb.
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